Faint Feint

Faint feint.

No, nobody fainted. Faint can also mean doing something, in this case a feint, with little strength.

A vigorous feint is not a good strategy because in doing in vigorously you run the risk of giving too much to your opponent to use against you. A faint feint that has the appearance but not the feel of a vigorous feint would work better because when the opponent tries to use your movement against you he will find, horrors, that he just stepped on something like a trapping pit.

I like it that my student did not act compliant because I don’t tell him to be so. He would typically resist and make it difficult for me to demo on him. But its good, this keeps my techniques honest.

So he had a faint feint demonstrated on him. I showed it to him again, he tried to resist and was unable to do so. I fed him an attack so that he can try it but he is overly resisting and instead of allowing me to fall into his trap, he pushed me away. Ah, resisting can be good but can work the other way.

I did it again on him and asked him why he did not resist, why he still offered me the necessary factors that made the technique worked. Yeah, he cannot helped it. He wanted to resist but he could not stop himself from giving me what I was looking for though he knew what it was, kinda reminded me of the character of Adrian Monk from the TV series, Monk, a detective who suffered from obsessive–compulsive personality disorder and had to touch a hot lamp in an episode, no make that two, even though it burned both his index fingers one after the other, he could not help it, he had to do it.

There is a bit of psychology involved in the use of a faint feint. Like fishing you have to offer the fish a bait and wait for it to bite before trying to reel it in. The timing and the feel for it is important. A sound mastery of the 5-Count must be in place otherwise one would use too much strength or use strength in the wrong place causing the feint to fail.

I had to be demanding in how closely my student observed the steps and procedures because he has reached a certain point in his training, possibly converging towards a tipping point that could transform his skill to Master Tai Chi Today.


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